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NHL Talks Go Deep Into Night

NEW YORK — Marathon talks between the NHL and the players’ association stretched into late Saturday night after the sides stayed apart for most of the previous two days.

Once federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh convinced the fighting factions to resume face-to-face negotiations Saturday afternoon, they were able to make progress. While no one would comment publicly on what was accomplished, it was reported that headway was being made on key issues such as the pension plan and salary cap limits.

The sides began meeting around 1 p.m. EST and were still talking at 11:30 p.m.

Beckenbaugh held separate meetings with the union and league Saturday before bringing them together.

He also spent more than 12 hours Friday walking back and forth between the Manhattan headquarters of each side — beginning at 10 a.m. and wrapping things up shortly before 11 p.m.

While Beckenbaugh never got the league and the union in the same room then, enough was accomplished to convince the sides to keep going.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the process,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote to The Associated Press in an email late Friday night.

Beckenbaugh began Saturday by holding a meeting with the union and then walked over to talk to NHL officials. He then made the trek back to the players’ association for the group meeting.

Gasquet Rallies, Wins Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar — Richard Gasquet won the Qatar Open for his eight career title Saturday, coming from a set down to beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Having pulled out of the Sydney tournament because of elbow trouble, Gasquet said he will be ready for the Australian Open.

Davydenko, who struggled with injuries last season, called for the trainer early in the third set for treatment on his hip. In the end, Davydenko blamed his conditioning for the defeat.

“He beat me physically,” he said. “He runs very well.”

Goldencents Is A Crown Contender

ARCADIA, Calif. — Goldencents won the $100,000 Sham Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday, giving trainer Doug O’Neill a promising 3-year-old on the Triple Crown trail a year after he saddled I’ll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Goldencents ran a mile in 1:36.50 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite.

“The whole crew has a little swag after I’ll Have Another, so we’re just enjoying the whole ride,” said O’Neill, who scratched I’ll Have Another because of injury the day before the Belmont Stakes, ending the colt’s attempt to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

Den’s Legacy was second and returned $2.60 and $2.10, while early pacesetter Manando finished another half-length back in third and paid $2.20 to show. Both are trained by Bob Baffert. Dry Summer was fourth and Dirty Swagg finished last.

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WRESTLING: La Cueva High is the site today for the New Mexico Highlands’ wrestling tri-dual meet against Embry Riddle and Wayland Baptist, with action beginning at 1 p.m. Embry Riddle and Wayland wrestle first, and then about 2:30 p.m., NMHU will wrestle those two opponents, order to be determined. Tickets are $5. All gate proceeds go to NMHU wrestling.

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